Help yourself to these fun activities for a sleepover to help you throw the best DIY slumber party ever!
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In this article:
- Make Toilet Paper Roll Crafts
- How About Pipe Cleaner Crafts?
- Balloon Animals
- Make a Teepee
- Build an Epic Fort
- Balloon Activities
- Spin The Nail Polish Bottle
- Pillow Fight
- Blacklight Party
- Glow Dough
- Super Hero Photo Booth
- Best Sleepover Movies For Kids
- Mix Up Butterbeers
- DIY Movie Night Popcorn Bar
- Healthy Waffle Bar
- DIY Pup Tents
- Personalized Pillowcases
- DIY Eye Mask
- Dance Party with Ribbon Wands
- Little Chefs Party
- Outdoor Movie Watching
Fun Activities for a Sleepover Your Kids Will Enjoy
1. Make Toilet Paper Roll Crafts
Sleepovers are a great opportunity to get the kids to learn the art of upcycling. Have them make these easy toilet paper crafts that they can wear and play with all through the night.
2. How About Pipe Cleaner Crafts?
If you’re looking for last-minute activities for a sleepover, here’s an easy one for you. Just run to the craft store and get a lot of pipe cleaners.
You can’t go wrong with pipe cleaner crafts. Pipe cleaners are safe, and your children can make a lot of crafts with them.
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3. Balloon Animals
Here’s an opportunity for you to teach your kids and their friends the different kinds of animals. The fun part is that you get to do it with balloons!
Show kids how to twist their very own balloon critters, and then make fun slumber party games out of it. For example, whoever makes a balloon animal the fastest gets a prize.
4. Make a Teepee
Putting up an indoor teepee is one of the best sleepover activities for both boys and girls. By doing this, you’re letting the kids experience the exciting part of creating their own space.
Encourage them to hang trinkets to personalize it! We’re sure they’ll have a wonderful time making and decorating their very own teepee.
5. Build an Epic Fort
An epic DIY fort is not just for boys. Girls can have fun building them, too. Before the sleepover starts, make sure you have all the supplies you need to build the fort with your little buddies.
Make it big and sturdy enough so that the kids can drag their sleeping bags into the fort and spend the rest of the night there.
6. Balloon Activities
Start your activities for a sleepover with a bang! Write your itinerary down and put them inside a balloon. Start popping when the hour arrives.
It’s a fun way to keep your sleepover schedule under control.
7. Spin The Nail Polish Bottle
What’s a girls’ sleepover without some nail-painting session? Take it up a notch with this fun spin the nail polish bottle game!
So if you’re looking for sleepover games, this is definitely one of the best sleepover ideas for girls ever!
8. Pillow Fight
Pillow fights are among the most memorable sleepover activities. So, why not initiate one at your kids’ sleepover?
You can use DIY pillows instead of the ones the kids actually use for sleeping. Remember to lay the ground rules first before the pillow fight starts.
9. Blacklight Party
Get the sleepover party started in the dark! With some black lights and glow-in-the-dark markers or sticks, it’s going to be a good night.
Make sure to keep away hazards though before switching off the lights so no one gets hurt. You can also stage kid-friendly party games while the lights are out—like a scavenger hunt for hidden, glow-in-the-dark objects.
10. Glow Dough
Things are almost always more fun and interesting when they’re glowing. Aside from providing glow-in-the-dark markers and sticks, you can also let the kids play with homemade glowing dough.
Imagine all the fun things they can make out of it!
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11. Super Hero Photo Booth
Even kids love selfies, especially if they get to play and act like superheroes in them! Create a superhero photo booth for them where they can strike fun poses while pretending to save the entire city.
This is fairly simple compared to the other sleepover activities in this list. But hey, it’s still fun!
12. Best Sleepover Movies For Kids
Watching movies is one of the most basic sleepover ideas. When the kids get tired of playing, better have some kid-friendly movies ready.
Don’t worry if you can only think of one because this list will give you many options to ensure the kids will have a fun-filled movie marathon.
13. Mix Up Butterbeers
The kids don’t have to go to Hogsmeade to take a sip of butterbeer because they can easily whip this up at home!
To make them feel like they are in the world of Harry Potter, you can let them dress in robes or costumes of their favorite characters in the book.
14. DIY Movie Night Popcorn Bar
Here’s the perfect DIY late-night snack to complete the slumber party. Before the kids start watching a movie, you can set up the popcorn bar.
Kids will surely love this amazing set-up. If you’d like to make your own popcorn, you can follow this easy homemade kettle corn recipe.
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- Spin-the-bottle meets truth-or-dare: in this party game for teens you simply spin the bottle to choose who will perform the truth or dare! Most fun for sleepovers and slumber parties, birthday and office parties, and family reunions.
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15. Healthy Waffle Bar
Better be ready for the next day when the kiddos wake up. After a fun slumber party and a long sleep, they’re bound to get hungry.
You can prepare a waffle bar that’s healthy and kid-friendly.
Just a tip: Before your kids’ friends come over, make sure you’ve listed down everyone’s names, along with any food allergies and some other special needs.
This way, you can ensure that the food you’re serving and the activities you’re providing are safe for all the kids.
16. DIY Pup Tents
Set some tiny pup tents at home for your kids’ friends. They will surely love to hang out in these small tents while telling ghost stories.
You can even let them customize their tents with cute designs.
17. Personalized Pillowcases
Are your kids or kids’ friends creative? Let them try this personalized pillowcase activity. They can paint something on the pillowcases or simply let them have it their way.
It’s one of the sleepover ideas they can bring home as a souvenir!
18. DIY Eye Mask
Here’s another artistic activity your kids and their friends will enjoy. Get some eye mask and your DIY arts and crafts stash and have fun designing them for a personalized eye mask.
19. Dance Party with Ribbon Wands
If your kids are having a girls’ night out, then this one is a perfect choice. Allow them to go crazy dancing to their favorite tunes with some DIY ribbon wands.
They can pretend to be fairies or princesses at a ball!
20. Little Chefs Party
Why not let the kids be the stars of their own cooking show? Just prepare some simple and easy recipes for them to follow, and watch them whip up kid-approved culinary creations!
21. Outdoor Movie Watching
Utilize your yard and create a DIY movie screen to let the kiddos watch their favorite films. Of course, don’t forget the popcorn and some cold drinks, so it feels like they are in an old-school drive-in cinema. Join in on the fun!
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Are you now ready to hand out invitations for a slumber party? We hope you find this list of activities for a sleepover awesome and useful.
No matter what you give or what you let your kids do during sleepovers, always remember to be there, ensuring their safety. This way, you won’t miss every giggle they share, too. There’s nothing more priceless than that!
Which of these activities for a sleepover are now on your to-do list? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 12, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Tedda Cooper says
These all look like great fun for kids!
Amy @ My Name Is Snickerdoodle says
Thank you for including my recipe for Butter Beer!
Rynna Machate says
You’re welcome Amy! Thank you for letting us share it 🙂
This is the most sexist thing I’ve ever read. I’m a girl and I love building forts. My neighbor’s a boy and he loves Frozen. NEWSFLASH: Girls can have pillow fights too.